Cardinals Not Set On Kyler Murray At No. 1?

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has long been penciled in as the Cardinals’ obvious choice with the No. 1 overall pick, but that selection may not be set in stone. Per Peter King of NBC Sports, there is not “unanimity” within Arizona’s front office about whether to take Murray. Meanwhile, after pegging the odds Murray would be picked first overall at 90% on April 1, Daniel Jeremiah of (Twitter link) has since reduced that figure to just 60%.

Murray would still likely be chosen within the first five picks of the draft, and could potentially still come off the board at No. 1 overall if the Cardinals trade out. Arizona has plenty of other roster holes, with needs at nearly every level of the club. Trading the first overall selection could give general manager Steve Keim a bevy of draft picks in order to supplement the Cardinals’ roster, and if they don’t move down too far, they’d still be in range to target a blue-chip player in the first round.

If the Cards pass on Murray, they’d be going forward with 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen as their long-term quarterback under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury. While it’s possible Rosen’s relationship with Arizona could have been damaged over the past several months (especially with Murray having been viewed as a lock for the No. 1 pick), the former UCLA signal-caller did show up for workouts earlier this month, and also seems to have the support of his teammates.

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14 comments on “Cardinals Not Set On Kyler Murray At No. 1?

  1. left

    If I were a rival GM I’d quietly pick Rosen right out of the Cardinals’ pocket.

  2. WubbaLubbaDubDub

    “unanimity” means consensus, agreement by all parties. So, I think they *are* set with their decision.

    • Polish Hammer

      Or taking Murray #1 overall. He’s too much of a reach. Keep Rosen and deal the pick to somebody more desperate.

  3. dust44

    Still think they take Murray and trade Rosen to the Giants or Redskins. I think a 2 and a 4 from either of them gets it done for Rosen. That adds more picks for the Cards. The OLine of the Cards needs serious attention. But besides that they have the RB and they have Kirk as a young ascending WR. On D is where they obviously need the most help. Outside of Budda, Peterson, and Jones they don’t have much.

  4. hunthutch

    The pick has to be bosa or Allen coming out of this 3-4… they have a lot of talented veterans to help those guys help that d chandler on one side and Allen or bosa on the other is nasty

  5. Arizohn

    People are giving SK WAY TOO MUCH CREDIT to say this is a smoke screen to get a ransom for the first pick. His history shows he is not that well put together. Everyone can stop acting as if 1st picks in the draft trades just happen. Hasn’t since 2001. His draft history is TERRIBLE especially in the first round. Just because he gets the picks does not mean its a guaranteed roster fill that is going to work. If anything acquiring more 1st rounders that he fails on will set the team even farther back than where it is now. He regrets passing on Wilson, didn’t pull the trigger on Mahomes he is drafting scared and he will take Murray on fear of what happens if he doesn’t. Rosen is there and for whatever reason fans feel confident enough in him now even though mostly everyone quickly jumped off that bandwagon last year.

  6. kenleyfornia2

    Nick Bosa by far the best player available and letting him fall to a division rival would be a dumb reach by Kliff

  7. Michael Chaney

    I just can’t see the Cardinals actually taking Murray. I’ll eat crow if I’m wrong, but this whole situation just seems too obvious to actually happen. The circumstances are just too perfect for this to be anything but a smokescreen, in my opinion.

    They’ll take Bosa or Williams and have no regrets about it; Murray is definitely a better stylistic fit for his system, but if Kingsbury is such an innovator then surely he can create an offense that can let Rosen succeed too.

  8. DarkSide830

    having just drafted a franchise QB and then having the #1 pick is a great opportunity to trade down and get some more long term talent.

  9. busta37

    Im a niners fan and I never thought for a second they would take Murray over bosa. So if I’m the niners I would trade back with bosa off the board unless they are going to let armstead walk after next year.

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